Compass Box Single Marrying Cask|
"To us, a Whiskymaker is someone who feels compelled to make things better - to ask questions, to challenge, to experiment. A Whiskymaker is different from a distiller, and more than a blender.
When it comes to whisky and the joy it brings, we keep our minds open to new possibilities. We are excited by new production processes, new combinations of flavours, new ways of sharing and enjoying great whisky. There is so much there to discover."
We are excited to bring Compass Box products to Seelbach's - founded in 2000 by former director of marketing at Johnnie Walker, John Glaser. While the focus on blending has been common in places like Scotland for quite some time, we are seeing a renaissance in the American spirit production with similar pillars to what drives Compass Box - not just to blend, but to continue to innovate and make whiskey better than just the sum of its parts.
With such varying styles of whisky coming from the various regions in Scotland, it gives quite the sandbox for flavor development and innovation for a company such as Compass Box, and makes projects like this single marrying cask all the more enjoyable. In a way like a double barrel finish from an American producer, this takes the Artist Blend with it's focus around single malt whiskies (a nice 47% for a blend) from the Highlands and Lowland grain whiskies, and re-introduces it to the very barrels it came from. The flavors then continue to draw more complexity. Our particular cask marrying is an ex-Clyneish American Oak barrel. It was married February 1, 2022 and bottled May 16, 2023 at 98 proof.
The nose shows all the sweet characteristics you'd expect from the ex-bourbon cask influences. Salted caramel, angel food cake, custard-like sweetness emanates from the nose with just a touch of pleasant baking spices and florality.
The palate is vibrant: sugar coated fruits of all types are on display. Plum, peach, baked apple pie, honeydew melon, raspberry, candy snap grapes. The finish trails with a chocolate mousse and lightly tingles the sides of the mouth with baking spices and orange oil as it fades.
The finish is long and clinging, spices balancing out the sweet and rich fruits that started.